White Mountains offer a view into state's past at historic homes and sites

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Mount Washington Cog Railway

Off Route 302 Bretton Woods, NH, 03589 Phone: 603-278-5404 Toll-Free: 800-922-8825

History comes alive when you travel up Mt. Washington on this thrilling train ride

You will literally be riding through history when you journey up Mt. Washington on the famous Cog Railway, the first mountain-climbing cog railway in the world and the only one currently operating in North America. Now in its 152nd year, the railway not only features amazing views as you travel through three climate zones, but it also begins and ends at museums and learning centers. At the base station, the Cog Railway Museum shows how the railroad, the second steepest in the world, was built. At the summit, there’s a visitor center, observation deck and interactive weather exhibit. Next door is the Tip Top House, an original summit hotel built in 1853, where railroad founder Sylvester Marsh hunkered down in an 1857 storm. Trains run late April through November.
Jefferson Historical Museum

900 Presidential Highway (Route 2) Jefferson, NH, 03584 Phone: 603-586-7021

Located in a church built in 1869, this museum features a look at the history of the town of Jefferson and the surrounding area. Of particular interest is the focus on the Waumbek Hotel, an important structure in Jefferson's history.
Season: June-Columbus Day.
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: Free.
The Frost Place

158 Ridge Road Franconia, NH, 03580 Phone: 603-823-5510

The former home and farmer of famed poet Robert Frost, this museum offers exhibits about his life and works. Poetry readings are scheduled throughout the season, and there is a nature trail available.
Hours: Memorial Day-July 2, Saturdays and Sundays, 1–5 p.m.; July 3-October 8, daily except Tuesdays, 1–5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $4, seniors, $3, students age 6–18, $2.
Information: www.frostplace.org.
Eastman Lord House

100 Main Street Conway, NH, 03818 Phone: 603-447-5551

This is the residence of Conway mill owner, William Kimball Eastman. Built in 1818, the house's 17 rooms are open to the public and are furnished in periods from 1818 through 1945. Eastman Lord House Museum has recently been named to the National Register of Historic Places.
Season: Memorial Day through Labor Day
Hours: Wednesday, 2-4 p.m.; Thursday, 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $3 per person; $6 per family.
Information: http://bit.ly/11dRVXF